Molalla track team battles to state meet
Molalla's track and field team sent several competitors to the state meet and while there weren't any state champions, several athletes made the podium.
Senior Tanner Nauta had a strong showing in all of his events at the state meet. Nauta sprinted an 11.37 in the 100-meter dash, coming up just short of first place. Mazama junior Ben Carringer and Stayton sophomore Joshua Belliard took first and second place respectively. Nauta took sixth place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.19 seconds, bumping up a spot from his seventh place finish in the prelims.
In the long jump Nauta finished in seventh place with a jump of 20 feet, 6.75 inches (20'6.75"). Mazama's Ben Carringer took first place with a jump of 21'7.25". Nauta and the 4x100-meter relay team took fourth place with a time of 43.57 seconds. Fellow seniors Michael House, Jose Uribe, and Nick Lucas ran it with him.
Jose Uribe took eighth place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.57 seconds.
Lucas took third place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.98 seconds in the finals. It was a disappointing turn of events for the standout Molalla athlete, who took first place in the preliminary race with a time of 15.46 seconds. That time would have given him the top spot over eventual champion Trevin Del Nero of Philomath.
Lucas also took sixth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.43 seconds. Again, the finalists took over a race Lucas was near the top of in the preliminary round. Lucas ran 41.43 to take second place in the preliminary race. Lastly for Lucas was the high jump where he took fifth place with a jump of 5'10".
The girls' 4x100-meter relay team of Lydia Jeffries-Call, Emma Andrews, Annika Molina, and Sarah Phillips took sixth with a time of 50.90.
Senior thrower Katie Sandberg took fourth place in the shot put with a throw of 37'7.5". Sandberg also reached the podium in the javelin with a throw of 113'10".
Freshman Elizabeth Grandle was the other Molalla girls' individual athlete to reach the top eight in her event. The Country Christian athlete leapt 5'2" in the high jump for a personal record to take fifth place.
Full Molalla results from track are below:
3. Tanner Nauta – 11.37
6. Tanner Nauta – 23.19
8. Jose Uribe – 52.57
12. Brendon Perla – 4:29.95 (PR)
13. Noah Roth – 10:18.12
3. Nick Lucas – 15.98
6. Nick Lucas – 42.43
9. Michael House – 43.56
4. Lucas, House, Uribe, Nauta – 43.57
T5. Nick Lucas – 5'10"
7. Tanner Nauta – 20'6.75"
800 Meters (Prelims)
13. Paige Gump – 2:30.56 (PR)
13. Paige Gump – 5:18.32
100-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
9. Emma Andrews – 16.36
300-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
12. Emma Andrews – 51.06
6. Jeffries-Call, Andrews, Molina, Phillips – 50.90
13. Gump, Childress, Jeffries-Call, Burgi – 4:27.17
4. Katie Sandberg – 37'7.5"
13. Katie Sandberg – 90'8"
7. Katie Sandberg – 113'10"
5. Elizabeth Grandle – 5'2" (PR)
11. Elizabeth Grandle – 15'10.5"